A fun family trip to Bintan Island treats young and old to wildlife discoveries, idyllic beaches, exciting excursions and relaxing resorts. Many, especially those from the neighbouring islands like Singapore, consider Bintan as one of the best family vacation spots in Southeast Asia.

    Here, we’ve gathered the top family-friendly activities on the island, whether you have kids intrigued by the wonders of nature or wish to relax at a poolside while the kids splash in the water. From cruising the river on a mangrove tour to racing down waterslides, there’s something for most preferences. Find the Bintan adventure right for you and take your family on a vacation they’ll remember.

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    White Sands Island Turtle Conservation

    Release baby turtles and watch them discover the sea

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    Visit the White Sands Island Turtle Conservation Program and give the youngsters an enriching nature encounter. The chance to watch a baby turtle crawl into the sea for the first time in its life can be a heart-warming feeling for all family members. Only a 15-minute boat ride from the shore of Trikora, the pristine shores of White Sands Island are a heavenly place to watch this miracle of life.

    Nirwana Gardens hosts the hatchling release programme and inquiring with them will let you take part in this magical event.

    Location: Teluk Bakau, Gunung Kijang, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands 29151, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +62 (0)822 7772 9988

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    Crystal Lagoon

    Enjoy a wide range of aquatic activities in pristine turquoise waters

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    Part of the seaside Treasure Bay Bintan resort, Crystal Lagoon is a 6.3-hectare manmade lagoon filled with thrilling activities. The striking blue waters offer a plethora of aquatic activities such as swimming, kayaking and snorkelling. Those hoping for a tranquil experience can float along in the crystalline waters or use a water tricycle to cruise the lagoon.

    For the daredevils in the family, rent a Jetovator to soar high above the water on an exhilarating ride. Parents with toddlers can relax with ease since the controlled depth maintains shallow pools for the kids. The lagoon is the size of 50 Olympic-size swimming pools, which provides enough room for everyone in the family to find the activity for them.

    Location: Jalan Raja H. Km 01, Sebong Lagoi, Bintan, Riau Islands 29155, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +62 (0)770 692 259

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    Bintan mangrove tours

    Cruise through scenic rivers and into verdant mangrove forests

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    Bintan Island is teeming with vibrant tropical rainforests and cruising along the river on a mangrove tour is a fantastic way to see more of the natural scenery. Get an up-close glimpse of the wild jungles and learn the vital role of mangroves in the Bintan ecosystem. The mangrove forests are home to lots of fish, birds, monkeys and other native wildlife.

    The serenity of the Sebung River is a popular place for a family-friendly eco-adventure through the mangrove forest. Enjoy the tropical scenery during the day or join a night tour for an awe-inspiring experience of starry skies and luminescent fireflies.

    Location: Bintan, Riau Islands 29155, Indonesia

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    Safari Lagoi & Eco Farm

    Let the kids meet endangered species rescued from the wild

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    Part of the renowned Bintan Resorts, the Safari Lagoi & Eco Farm offers a chance for your family to meet rare and endangered species. The safari works tirelessly to preserve these incredible animals and the ecosystem in which they thrive. Let the kids meet majestic creatures like estuarine crocodiles and many more. These personal encounters are a valuable learning experience to see why protecting the environment is so important.

    Wander the Eco Farm to see locally grown crops and flowers including rice, peanuts, papayas, dragon fruits and lavenders. Go on a tour of the farm to taste soothing tea and salads made from fresh ingredients off the farm.

    Location: Teluk Sebong, Bintan, Riau Islands 29152, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +62 (0)823 8663 9665

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    Marine Life Discovery Park

    Interact with marine life and learn about conservation efforts

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    The Marine Life Discovery Park on Bintan Island offers an educational adventure for the whole family. This is the perfect chance to learn about the fascinating marine creatures that live in the sea through hands-on activities. Go scuba diving, snorkel beside native fish or even touch a shark inside the park’s shallow pool.

    The park boasts upwards of 70 species of marine creatures and thousands of fish for the kids to learn about. Get a closer look at how the facility cares for its creatures by touring the quarantine pool, aquaculture pool and other innovative features. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and can help enrich the family’s perspectives on marine life.

    Location: Sebong Lagoi, Bintan, Riau Islands 29152, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

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    Parks Fishing Poyotomo

    Take the kids on a fishing or camping adventure

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    Just a 30-minute drive west of Trikora Beach, the inland Parks Fishing Poyotomo is your family’s ticket to the great outdoors. Spend the day in the beautiful natural surroundings of the campground decorated with a lake, flowers and fruit gardens. Don’t forget to bring your fishing gear and see which family member can make the first catch.

    The facility is well-maintained and there are tons of other activities for a wonderful outdoor adventure. There's a playground, jogging track and even a café to grab some snacks. The park is an ideal recreational area on Bintan for families looking to escape the crowds and have a peaceful vacation.

    Location: Bintan Buyu Village, Bintan, Riau Islands 29133, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +62 (0)811 7002 229

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    Desa Wisata Ekang by D'Bamboo Kamp

    A fabulous place for the family to connect with nature together

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    Desa Wisata Ekang (Ekang Tourism Village) may only be a 25-minute drive from the cosmopolitan Lagoi, but it provides the ultimate escape into the island’s natural beauty. Ditch the fancy resorts for simple lodging that will bring your family closer together. The eco-friendly facility offers stays in cabins and tents for any family size.

    Listen to the sounds of nature and smell the fresh aroma of the beautiful native flora in bloom. Rent a paddleboat, enjoy the scenic views from the lake or ride around the landscape on a scooter. The staff go out of their way to ensure your family a comfortable stay and offer numerous excursions around the island from the facility.

    Location: Ekang Anculai, Teluk Sebong, Bintan, Riau Islands 29151, Indonesia

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    Areca Water Park

    Relax in the pool or ride down thrilling water slides

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    Make a splash at Areca Water Park and enjoy a family gathering with the park’s many aquatic activities. Young kids can run around on the playground to burn off all their energy. The park’s collection of tubes and waterslides give older kids an exciting thrill to keep themselves entertained throughout the day. Swimming pools for all ages provide the entire family with plenty of opportunities to stay cool during those sweltering afternoons.

    The beautiful foliage surrounding the park heightens the feeling of being cast in the jungle while in the water. Once the family has worked up an appetite, meet at the recreation area for a picnic.

    Location: Batu IX, East Tanjungpinang, Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands 29152, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 1 pm to 6 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +62 (0)771 442500

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    Wisata Mangrove Desa Busung

    Walk through mangroves and enjoy a family meal in this eco-friendly park

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    Wisata Mangrove Desa Busung, roughly a 45-minute drive from Tanjung Pinang, is a sprawling park right in the heart of the island’s beautiful mangrove forests. Kids can let their imagination go wild and gain an appreciation of Bintan’s remarkable ecosystem. The park was created with tourism in mind and its walking paths provide a responsible way of exploring the jungle terrain.

    Let the kids enjoy the swing after walking through the forest or taste a local snack at one of the shops. Be on the lookout for lots of colourful birds nesting along the branches of the mangrove forests and other local wildlife.

    Location: Busung, Seri Kuala Lobam, Bintan, Riau Islands 29152, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 8 pm

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    Lagoi Bay Lantern Park

    Watch the lanterns light up the night sky

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    If you’re looking for the perfect nightly activity for the kids, Lagoi Bay Lantern Park puts on a dazzling light display. Watch a breathtaking sunset over the shores of Lagoi Beach and go for an enchanting stroll through the park. The lanterns illuminate the park as the sky darkens, creating a magical atmosphere.

    Many of the lanterns take the form of sea creatures while other landmarks are decorated in sparkling lights. You might even see rare land species such as the Komodo Dragon, Sumatran Tiger or Javan Rhino, all in lantern form. Altogether, there are nearly 2 dozen colours that will take your breath away and provide lots of family photos.

    Location: Teluk Sebong Lagoi, Bintan, Riau Islands 29152, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 2 pm to 11 pm

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    Daniel Grenier | Contributing Writer

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